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"Are you sure you can do it with diabetes?" - YES!

Discussion in 'Success Stories and Testimonials' started by Giverny, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. Giverny

    Giverny Friend · Admin
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    We've had an amazing success story e-mailed in to us and we couldn't NOT share it with you all.

     
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  2. LaserMum

    LaserMum Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    WOW!!! Fantastic! Please pass my congratulations on to Tom. He's the same age as my daughter who has an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. She does crazy things too. This weekend she was representing England in the Home Nations Championships in Largs. I can think of better things to do with a weekend than sailing in little boats on the sea in Scotland.
    One of her favourite sayings is "don't dis- my ability". It looks like Tom agrees with her.
    Again. Fantastic achievement. Well done Tom. :clap: :clap: :clap:
     
  3. jollyrambler

    jollyrambler · Member

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    well done Tom & the little girl mentioned at the bottom of this page.You are a credit to all us diabetics & disabled people.Good luck with your studies.
     
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    phoenix Type 1 · Expert

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    Great post to read on a miserable, wet Monday morning.
    Well done Tom. :D :D :D
     
  5. ewelina

    ewelina Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Well done to Tom! I always feel inspired by people like him. Last year it was during Olympics. Wasnt aware there are so many olympians with diabetes!
     

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    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Great achievement Tom :clap:
     
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    Well done Tom!

    I've been wanting to do Hellrunner/Tough Mudder for ages but didn't know how to do it with Diabetes. Now i'm thinking sod it lets do it :D :clap: :D
     
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    mo1905 Type 1 · BANNED

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    Re: "Are you sure you can do it with diabetes?" - YES!

    Great read ! Well done !


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  9. staycalm&hopeful

    staycalm&hopeful · Active Member

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    hi tom,
    I just had to congratulate you :clap: well done! good luck with your gcseS.
    DEB
     
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    anna29 Type 2 · Well-Known Member
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    Hello Tom...

    I loved reading your story and seeing the great photographs :thumbup:

    Fantastic story and sooooo inspiring too . :clap:
    Am ' really proud of you ' and will aspire to remember your story often .

    Wonderful example of how many things CAN be achieved in spite of
    living with a diabetes condition.
    Bet you have so many more things lined up to do - now you have done this...

    Please let us all know how you get on with your studies too .
    You are a brilliant young man and I do hope you are feeling very chuffed and proud of yourself .
    So you SHOULD be :clap: :clap: :clap:

    Anna.
     
  11. brunodog25

    brunodog25 Type 2 · Active Member

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    WELL DONE YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO ALL AND MAINLY YOUNG DIABETICS STILL IF YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING YOU WILL TRY NO MATTER WHAT SOME MAKE YOU DID CONGRATS
    JOHNTY
     
  12. Robinredbreast

    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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    What a wonderful story, he is a top guy and I'm sure will do well at university. It looks fantastic and if I was able to go, I would give it a try, as nothing stops me, I'm still active and try to do lots and lots of phyiscal things with ( dare I say) another 5 years until the big six 0 :shock: :shock: Best wishes RRB
     
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    I can appreciate everything you are saying Tom as I also competed in this event. It's good to see that I was not the only person with Type 1 competing and proving that it should not hold you back. I too had managed to get around the coarse with no diabetes related problems and was happy to see my sugar levels were at 6 when I finished just where I wanted them. Let this be a lesson to all those people out there new to diabetes who are worried that their active life is over. If we can do what is well known as the toughest assault coarse in the world without seeking help and in fact finishing in good health then you can too!! (not saying you have to though) :D Just get out there and do what ever takes your fancy!
     
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    Well done Andrew :clap:
     
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    What a fantastic acheivement Tom!! Brilliant!! From a the view of a mum with a T1 9 year old this is so great to see. You are an inspiration. My daughter read your post and says ACE I am gonna do that when I'm old enough!!! She is a fiery red head and is blessed with a 'nothing is gonna get in my way' attitude and wants to be a brain surgeon. I truly hope that by seeing that 'You can do it with diabetes' every child with T1 will go out and do whatever they dream of! Good luck with your exams Tom! :clap: :clap: :clap: and now i'm crying with happiness!
     
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    Well done Tom & friend,

    My son age (9) was diagnosed 3 years ago tomorrow and his Uncle Chris is into the Tough Mudder thing also. He finished in the top 5% in the Kettering race last year so won entry to the World's Toughest Mudder in New Jersey in November. He completed 5 laps (50 miles, 130 obstacles) in the 24hr period and he loved it, he is hoping to go back this year. He raised money for JDRF.

    We live in Scotland and my son completed in the kids Spartan Race in August - 2 miles with little obstacles - he won it and loved it too.

    My son is football daft & trains 4 nights a week - he's hoping to be a footballer. Don't let diabetes stand in your the way - diabetes lives with you not the other way around.

    Keep up the training and I'll be hoping to see you competing in the Worlds Toughest soon.

    Best of luck
     
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    Well done those young people!
    Hana
     
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    What an amazing achievement, I was actually there supporting my son who is 32 but not diabetic but slightly brave and mad. I have never seen so many people shake with cold in this manner and your photo's are marvelous but I think you are underselling your self as I saw what runners endured and it was 10 times worse than what you have shown. You are one remarkable person and I wish you all the best. :clap: Are you doing this run www.majorseries.com ? :D
     
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    Brilliant! absolutely brilliant! keep up the great work...
     
  20. prancer53

    prancer53 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Well Done Tom!! Of course you could do it. Many who failed probably did so because of lack of training--the major non ingredient to guarantee failure!!! I have spent most of my life doing things that others, including medics, told me I would not be able to do and it gives me perverse pleasure to prove everyone wrong!! Carry on accepting challenges, it is you, not the diabetes, that wins!!!!!!
     
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